Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The next ryla conference is 21 November to 27 November 2021

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The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program is awarded to young and aspiring community leaders by local Rotary Clubs. To receive the award, nominees attend a weeklong residential conference focusing on leadership fundamentals and developing our next generation of community leaders.


Soft skills developed

Expert presenters

Young people attended

 As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

RYLA’s Values are Rotary’s Values.




We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.


We believe that individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries.


We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of people within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its community is a club with a key to its future.


We are committed to and expect accountability from our leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us.


We are a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders in their fields of endeavor. We believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values.

RYLA sees a world where young adults have the skills to unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in their communities, and in themselves.

RYLA gives participants the invaluable space to reflect on themselves. The program brings together a selection of experts in their fields to deliver topics and interactive sessions including:


Planning and organising

Empathy and resilience




Problem solving

Goal setting

Conflict resolution

Global leadership


Reflective learning

Formal qualifications and technical skills are only part of the requirements for modern employees. RYLA works to develop ‘soft skills’ and personal attributes that are shown to be just as important to success. The value of these soft skills are outlined in a recent report by Deloitte Access Economics and Deakin Co, see: Soft skills for business success.

Our Speakers

Mark Schenk

Mark Schenk


Mark works globally with senior leadership teams to improve their ability to communicate clearly and memorably. He has been the managing director of Anecdote since 2004 and has the company grow into one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultancies.

Louisa Keck

Louisa Keck

Reach Foundation

Louisa is a passionate leadership facilitator with over seven years’ experience designing and delivering experiential workshops that challenge individuals to step outside of their comfort zones and embrace their leadership potential. The bulk of her experience has come from facilitating over 500 workshop experiences with The Reach Foundation.

Mark Molony

Mark Molony

Mindful life coach

Mark Molony is a Mindful LIFE practitioner, therapist and coach. Mark’s intention is to support others in generating new sustainable ways of being in themselves and with others that will encourage genuine happiness in their lives.

PGT programs are an integral part of the RYLA team. They take the RYLA cohort to a new level of team development through a range of leadership challenges. Challenge-by-choice and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.

The exprentual activities run by PGT bring all of the content together and gives the participants a chance to practice what they have learnt from the speakers.

RYLA empowers and inspires young adults to become changemakers who are driven by personal development and professional excellence.


Evaluating the psychological outcomes of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) A paper prepared by Dr Tim Edwards-Hart 2009-2011 at RMIT University. The Research Questions In Rotary District 9790, Australia, RYLA is a 7-day leadership conference for young adults...

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About Rotary

Rotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action...

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History of RYLA

In 1959, the State Government of Queensland invited local Rotary Clubs to help plan an event to help celebrate the upcoming centennial of the state. Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20s was due to attend the celebrations, so activities were planned...

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The RYLA Team

Linda Gidlund

Linda Gidlund


Sally West

Sally West

Program Director

Yash Lonkar

Yash Lonkar

Deputy Program Director

Kerry Jones

Kerry Jones


Greg "Beans" Adams

Greg "Beans" Adams


Grant Godino

Grant Godino

Logistics Director

David Palermo

David Palermo

Marketing Director

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